Theorizing the Contemporary

Created in 2012, Theorizing the Contemporary seeks to extend the horizon of social analysis in new directions, including challenges to what constitutes "theory" in the first place. Theorizing the Contemporary series are reviewed by the editors of Cultural Anthropology; series editors must be current members of the SCA.

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Art and Ethnographic Forms in Dark Times

Art and Ethnographic Forms in Dark Times

What are the ethnographic arts through which we know and express the worlds we encounter? How does ethnographic experience become translated into/as art? How ca... More

Multispecies Care in the Sixth Extinction

Multispecies Care in the Sixth Extinction

The rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus reminds us, once more, of the porous boundaries between species, and the social and ecological disasters of growth-driv... More

Emptiness

Emptiness

This series argues that emptiness is emerging as a concrete spatial-temporal coordinate in the global landscape of capitalism and state power, and a heuristic d... More

Geological Anthropology

Geological Anthropology

Geology has become a principal field and framework in the social sciences and humanities in the past decade to understand anthropogenic environmental crises. Th... More

Green Capitalism and Its Others

Green Capitalism and Its Others

Whither the Earth? From the Amazon fires to the Arctic melt, School Strikes for Climate and an American Anthropological Association meeting focused on the topic... More

Pathways

Pathways

(Con traducción al español)How does personhood survive after death? In this collection of essays, written in light of Thomas Abercrombie’s sudden and premature ... More

Topology as Method

Topology as Method

Topology is a branch of mathematics that studies spaces that remain continuously invariant through distortion. In doing so, it offers tools for the study of the... More

An Otherwise Anthropology

An Otherwise Anthropology

In recent years, the concept of the otherwise has been tracking across anthropology to frame political potentialities that are emerging, often drawing on phenom... More

An Anthropogenic Table of Elements

An Anthropogenic Table of Elements

In the 150 years since its construction by the Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev, the periodic table of chemical elements has become both a ubiquitous and iconic... More

Embodied Ecologies

Embodied Ecologies

The materiality of human bodies at the smallest scales—genes, microbes, chemicals, hormones—is increasingly being understood as both responsive to broader envir... More